H050179 INFANTRY NCO’s M33 FIELD BLOUSE & OVERSEAS CAP.

BACKGROUND: The development of the M36 field blouse can be traced back to April 1933 with the introduction of the first pattern field blouses which were a departure from the cut and style of tunics utilized in World War I. From its introduction until 1936 the field blouse underwent a couple of small modifications designed to enhance its performance, appearance and longevity. Modifications to the 1933 pattern field blouse began in December 1934 when the original field-grey basic cloth collar was altered to a field-grey badge cloth for a better appearance. In September 1935 the collar was altered again from the field-grey badge cloth to dark blue/green badge cloth. The final pre-war modification to the field blouse occurred in December 1936 with the addition of a partial lining to the interior breast and upper back panels to increase its wear-out time.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Issued, field-grey wool/rayon blend construction M33 field blouse with a lay down, feldgrau collar, features a vertical, five button front closure with a single brass hook and eye positioned at the forward neckline. M39 eagle and collar litzen/tabs are replaced but possibly by the wearer as well for use in the field (the factory sewn eagle would have been the early all white type) so the mouse grey would have been less visible. NCO tress on the collar would have been added at the same time as the tabs. Nice pair of early Infantry Regiment "115" ship on shoulder straps. Tunic should lots of field wear and use with a few small sewing repairs. Excellent size and unit markings with a 1935 Berlin Depot stamp. Chest is roughly 34". Come with a nice Infantry overseas cap. Eagle and cockade are loosely hand stitched (may be replaced at the same as with the tunic) while the soutache is machine stitched to the cap. Cap is roughly a size 54. Both the tunic and cap are nicely marked to Infantry Regiment 115. Rare M33 tunic.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $2,975.00

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